54 Open Source Alternatives for Server Software: Page 2

Open source server software for file transfer, security, storage, collaboration and more.
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11. MySQL Replaces Microsoft SQL Server

The "world's most popular open source database," Oracle-owned MySQL boasts high performance, high reliability and ease of use. In addition to the free community version, it's available in paid standard, enterprise and cluster carrier grade versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

12. PostgreSQL Replaces Microsoft SQL Server

PostgreSQL calls itself "the world's most advanced open source database." Key features include Multi-Version Concurrency Control (MVCC), point-in-time recovery, online/hot backups, asynchronous replication, nested transactions (savepoints) and write ahead logging for fault tolerance. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

13. Firebird Replaces Microsoft SQL Server

Under development since 1981, Firebird is a mature RDBMS that boasts excellent concurrency, scalability and performance. Notable features include multi-generation architecture, high compatibility with ANSI SQL, logging and monitoring capabilities, online backup, full text search and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris


14. Magento Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Magento is the e-commerce platform of choice for more than 100,000 merchants, including Dockers, Ford, the North Face, Samsung, Oneida and others. In addition to the free community version, it also comes in paid professional and enterprise versions, and it's also available as a turn-key hosted solution for small businesses. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

15. PrestaShop Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Award-winning PrestaShop is used by more than 95,000 Internet sites around the world. Commercial support and training are available, but prices are given in Euros. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

16. Zen Cart Replaces Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Designed in part by ecommerce shop owners, Zen Cart is very user friendly, and the Web site offers simple instructions that begin with the basics: "Get a server." It includes features like multiple payment methods, multiple shipping options, a newsletter manager, coupons, quantity discounts and more. Operating System: OS Independent

Mail Server

17. Zimbra Replaces Microsoft Exchange

Now owned by VMware, Zimbra offers a flexible but simple mail server with a low total cost of ownership. In addition to the free community version, it's also available in paid appliance and network editions, and a desktop e-mail client is available as well. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X

18. Citadel Replaces Microsoft Exchange

This turn-key mail server supports e-mail, group calendars, contacts, IM, a wiki and more, all accessible through a Web interface. It's also available on a hosted basis. Operating System: Linux

19. Postfix Replaces Microsoft Exchange

Estimates suggest that around 20 percent of all mail servers use Posftix, making it the most popular currently. Postfix was originally created by IBM Research as a better alternative to Sendmail, and it has also been known as "IBM Secure Mailer" and "VMailer." Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

20. Sendmail Replaces Microsoft Exchange

Although its popularity has declined in recent years, Sendmail still accounts for about 16 percent of the mail servers in use. Supported hard appliances and virtual appliances are also available under the brand name Sentrion. Operating System: Linux

21. Exim Replaces Microsoft Exchange

Developed at the University of Cambridge, Exim is a highly configurable mail transport agent. It can handle thousands of e-mails per hour, but if queues are exceptionally large, it does not perform as well as some of the other options on the list. Operating System: Linux, Unix

File Transfer

22. FileZilla Replaces CuteFTP, FTP Commander

FileZilla allows you to set up your own FTP server on a Windows machine. It supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP, and the same project also offers a cross-platform FTP client. Operating System: Windows

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